It’s the beginning of another new year and everyone is busy thinking of ways to improve their lives. Take the opportunity of a new calendar year to get off to a fresh start. Here are 7 tips that you can follow to help you start the New Year off right.
1) Eat well. Although many of us try to make healthier food selections, it is seldom people stick with it after the first few weeks. Write your food intake into a food diary. This will help you to take responsibility for what you are actually consuming.
2) Plan how to pay your bills for the next few months. If you find you are constantly late paying bills, have them automatically taken off a VISA or MasterCard account. Label binders for each bill that comes into the home, and make sure to write PAID on them once you have sent in your payment. Then put them in the binder so you can keep track of what you have paid or what has yet to be dealt with. Get in the habit of sending off a payment as soon as the bill comes in the mail. Bills inevitability must be paid, so why wait two weeks to put the cheque in the mail? Don’t procrastinate; get it over with and off your plate as soon as possible.
3) Spruce yourself up! Many people become so caught up in helping their family and friends that they neglect their own personal needs. Change your hairstyle, revamp your wardrobe or try a new way of putting make-up on. If you feel better about your overall appearance, you will be more confident and ready to take on new opportunities both at work and in your social life. Make 2007 the year to become more outgoing and personable along with your new or improved looks.
4) Make a list of long term goals. Your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be one particular goal. You can create a list of what you would like to accomplish all throughout the year. Don’t panic thinking you have to have accomplished something in the beginning of January. Most goals that are worthwhile will take longer to plan out and execute. Keep a day planner to help keep track of all appointments and to remind you of set goals each day. Try having a goal for each month.
5) Sleep regular hours. Try to get up at the same time each day even on weekends. You can always take a quick nap later in the day if you feel too fatigued. By keeping the same routine, it will be easier to get up when Monday rolls around. Be productive on weekends and get involved in activities that you truly enjoy. Make the most of your free time to live life to the fullest.
6) Get involved in a workout regime. Although many people enjoy working out at public fitness facilities, you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to have a healthy body. Choose a sport or activity that you enjoy and get active. Walk or bike places instead of hopping in the car. Walk around the block or your yard for as little as 20 minutes a day to experience the benefits of good cardiovascular endurance. Don’t forget to take the time to cool down and stretch after your workout. Stretching increases flexibility, prevents muscle soreness and allows the body and mind time to relax from a busy day.
7) Become part of your community. Give a little of your time to others outside your family circle. Join a club or league or donate some of your spare time to volunteer work. You will feel good about yourself for interacting with new friends while helping others who are in need. It is a win-win situation and a great the opportunity for self growth.
Give yourself a break. Don’t let the thought of a new year and new responsibilities stress you out. Take a deep breath and enjoy each day as it comes. If you pre-planned activities and have your priorities in order, you will be much less likely to worry about minor details as they surface.